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    Day 1 In Trump's America

    See what the victims have to say: https://twitter.com/i/moments/796417517157830656







    Remember the movie, The Siege?




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    'Christian' Soldier Excited For Post Election Civil War Where 'Your Skin Color Will Be Your Uniform'

    by James Stahl - October 22, 2016


    We have seen some pretty violent behavior coming out of Trump rallies over this election cycle. Now we are seeing a trend in self-described ‘Christian’ soldiers frothing at the mouth for civil war and being riled up by the Donald.

    “Race wars will begin as well, as your skin color will be your uniform!”– Jim Moseley

    Jim Moseley, a retired salesman, fancies himself a ‘Christian’ soldier and is prepping for civil war with his fellow Americans. Earlier in a Facebook post this week Jim Moseley states “Once the trucks stop rolling, the grocery shelves will go empty and gasoline rationing will go into effect.”

    Moseley continues in his post “Liberals will have targets on their backs, as their behaviors are pretty much evident. Race wars will begin as well, as your skin color will be your uniform!”

    According to Raw Story, it isn’t clear whether these fanatics will act out or if this is continued bolstering and saber rattling from the fringe right.

    So Much Hatred, So Little Time

    How is it that the hate and vitriol can go from just hating a political ideology to hating people of other skin tones? Oh yeah, that’s right. Trump has continually scapegoated Mexicans calling them rapist and murderers. And he has stated he would place a ban on all Muslims entering the country. This, of course, driving hatred toward those in the Muslim community as evidenced in a foiled bomb plot by ‘Christian’ terrorists this year.

    The would-be bombers being members of a far-right group calling themselves the Kansas Security Force, were targeting an apartment community of Somali immigrants. The complex housed some 120 men, women, and children. This is obviously not the Christian thing to do.

    Many Election Officials Are Undergoing Active Shooter Training

    In Denver and all across the nation, many volunteering to work polls on this busy election day will have to undergo active shooter training. Trump has called for his violent extremist supporters to “stand guard” at polling stations armed to the teeth. This is raising concerns among many of minority voter suppression and illegal electioneering.

    The Poorly Educated Turning Horrifyingly Violent

    It would seem that the most uneducated of Trump’s followers are taking his claims of election rigging to mean he is declaring a civil war. These so called “patriots” that keep telling liberals to “love it or leave it” have been in a gun buying frenzy convinced for the last 8 years that Obama was some boogeyman with a gay Muslim liberal agenda hellbent on world domination and disarming the people.

    This absolutely ludicrous thinking is extremely dangerous for a couple of reasons. We now have American citizens eager to kill their fellow Americans. And these mentally unstable and radicalized potential terrorists are now armed to the teeth as gun sales continue to skyrocket. This is, quite frankly, terrifying.

    With ‘Christian’ extremists now foaming at the mouth and working themselves into a frenzy, we may very well see violence this election. Stay safe and keep your eyes open for these potential terrorists.

    http://americannewsx.com/elections/t...stian-soldier/

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    Muslims Targeted by Hate in OH, NY, GA, MN, MI

    CAIR-Ohio Calls for Hate Crime Probe of Threats Targeting Muslim Woman, Children, Seniors

    11/11/16

    The Ohio chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Ohio) tonight called on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate threats to a Muslim woman, her children and her elderly parents in that state as a hate crime.

    The Muslim woman who wears and Islamic head scarf (hijab), was in her car with her children and elderly parents when they were threatened and abused by a man when she stopped at a traffic light.

    A man allegedly approached the car at the traffic light and started banging on the window. He then reportedly started shouting abuse and obscenities at the Muslim woman driver. He allegedly told her, "C**t, you don't belong in this country," "Go back to your f**king country," among other obscenities. The man also allegedly took pictures of the children in the car.

    The Muslim woman immediately called the police and reported the incident.

    "We are alarmed by the nationwide rise in anti-Muslim hate crimes," said CAIR-Ohio Staff Attorney Romin Iqbal. "We hope law enforcement authorities follow up on this and all other alleged hate crimes targeting American Muslims. If perpetrators are held to account, it will lead to a reduction in the number of these incidents."

    Iqbal said CAIR-Ohio is investigating other reports of hate crimes against Muslims in Central Ohio in the last few days, including an Ohio State Muslim student who was reportedly threatened for wearing her hijab.

    CAIR's New York chapter is also investigating a similar incident in which a Muslim woman was assaulted on a bus in Queens.

    SEE: Muslim Woman Says She Was Told to 'Take That Disgusting Piece of Cloth Off' Her Head on Queens Bus

    Muslim Women in Hijabs Report Harassment, Intimidation Following Election


    In Georgia, a high school teacher said she was left a note in class telling her that her hijab "isn't allowed anymore."

    SEE: Muslim Gwinnett Teacher Told to 'Hang Yourself' With Her Headscarf


    In Minnesota, Muslim students say they were targeted by racist graffiti.

    SEE: 2nd High School Investigated for Racist Graffiti


    In Michigan, a man was arrested for allegedly yelling ethnic slurs at a Muslim woman and hitting her car.

    SEE: Jogger Exposes Self to Muslim Woman, Yells Ethnic Slurs Say Police


    The Washington-based Muslim civil rights group is asking Muslim community members who believe their rights have been violated to contact local police and CAIR's Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by filing a report at: http://www.cair.com/civil-rights/report-an-incident/view/form.html

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8IQTRocmL4

    Ray McGovern and Jill Stein talking about new president

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biYHEmzIJwo

    Donald Trump is the new president of the United States of America. How should we process — and how should we resist — what comes next?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJJB8KIQrZA


    ‘Clinton & Democrats created phenomenon Trump is responding too’ – Chris Hedges

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    https://mediamatters.org/blog/2016/1...sidency/214420

    60 Minutes gave a master class in normalizing a dangerous demagogue -- inviting President-elect Donald Trump to reintroduce himself as a reasonable politician while glossing over the most dangerous features and promises of his recent campaign, including his reliance on the chief of the white nationalist “alt-right” website Breitbart News, Stephen Bannon, who has just been named White House senior counselor.

    During the November 13 edition of CBS’s 60 Minutes, Donald Trump gave correspondent Lesley Stahl his first extensive interview since winning the presidential election. The interview was a disturbing start for journalism in a Trump presidency -- asking softball questions, fixating on Trump’s personal feelings about becoming president, and repeatedly minimizing Trump’s most dangerous promises as mere campaign talk.

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    Americans Support Nuking Russia, Russians Oppose Nuking America

    'Are you crazy?' People in Moscow widely oppose fake petition to nuke America (VIDEO)

    June 12, 2015

    While a majority of Americans asked by a US journalist to support President Obama's "plan" to nuke Russia signed a fake petition to do so, RT decided to conduct its own poll on the streets of Moscow. Most people said no to striking America.

    Calling the plan "crazy," Russians refused to leave their signatures under a fake "petition" to send missiles to America.


    Video: http://viewpure.com/bjB-MsU6Yec



    People were shocked, commenting "Oh my God!," "Are you kidding?" and "This doesn't solve the problem."

    "They can do lots of things, but it doesn't mean we have to hit them with rockets and kill innocent people,"
    one woman told RT.

    Earlier this week, US journalist and prankster Mark Dice offered people in California's San Diego the chance to sign a petition calling for a nuclear strike against Russia, to "maintain America's superiority." The majority of beachgoers didn’t appear to get the joke, and signed the fake petition.

    Although neither the RT poll nor the one conducted in the US claim to represent public opinion in Russia and America, many found the results of Mark Dice's experiment "disturbing," including the journalist himself.

    Recently, the Pew Research Center conducted a survey in eight NATO member countries, including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain, Britain and the US. Its findings showed that NATO nations are hesitant to be involved in a conflict with Russia, especially militarily.

    Asked whether their NATO country should use military force "if Russia gets into a serious military conflict with one of its neighboring countries that is a NATO ally," at least half of Germans, French and Italians said their country should not take up arms.

    According to the poll of over 11,000 respondents, Americans and Canadians are the only nations where more than half think their country should use military action if Russia attacks a fellow NATO member (56 percent and 53 percent, respectively). Germans are the most likely to say their country should not - with 58 percent being against military involvement.

    One of the latest polls regarding a potential military conflict between Russia and the West, conducted in Russia, showed that 31 percent of people feared a US military invasion on Russian territory.

    The majority of Russians - 55 percent - said they didn’t expect their country to be the first to use nuclear weapons, even in the case of war with the US and NATO. Only seven percent said this was possible, May research released by the independent pollster the Levada Center showed.


    http://rt.com/news/266848-russia-nuke-america-poll


    Nuking Japan twice, and many Muslim countries since then, isn't enough for these warmongers. There is a reason rest of the world thinks this country is the biggest threat to world peace.

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    Meet Frank Gaffney, the anti-Muslim gadfly reportedly advising Donald Trump’s transition team



    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...i-muslim-poll/


    Muslim-Hating Conspiracy Theorist Frank Gaffney May (or May Not) Be Advising Trump’s Transition Team


    If Gaffney is a Trump advisor, it’s an extremely bad sign. Every society has people like Gaffney, but in healthy, functioning democracies they live quietly in their parents’ basements, free to play with action figures and construct intricate fantasy worlds without hurting anyone else.


    Here are some highlights from Gaffney’s bizarre, hateful career, in chronological order. You will see a pattern emerging:


    • Gaffney, now 63, was a deputy assistant secretary of defense during the Reagan administration until he was forced out. He then immediately founded the Center for Security Policy, funded by right-wing foundations and some defense corporations, to noisily oppose arms control agreements and agitate for more money for the Pentagon. For many years the “center” consisted mostly of Gaffney and his fax machine.


    Board members and advisors of the Center for Security Policy would eventually include people like Charles Kupperman, vice president of space and strategic missiles sector at Boeing and Terry Elkes, former CEO and president of Viacom. The center gives out an annual award called “Keeper of the Flame”; its recipients have included Joe Lieberman and Donald Rumsfeld.


    • The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were a godsend for Gaffney, allowing him to repurpose Cold War conspiracy theories about the U.S. government being infiltrated by communists into conspiracy theories about the U.S. government being infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood. Soon he was warning of “an Islamist Fifth Column operating inside our own country with the inherent capability to exploit the vulnerabilities, and the civil liberties, of our society.”


    • Gaffney was predictably a vociferous supporter of the Iraq War. But for extra credit he adopted various loopy theories about Saddam Hussein being behind the 1993 World Trade Center attack and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.


    • Defending the Iraq War in February 2007, Gaffney approvingly quoted Abraham Lincoln as declaring that “Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hanged.” Lincoln never said this, although that didn’t stop Gaffney fan Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, from repeating the imaginary quote on the floor of the House of Representatives.


    • The same month Gaffney excitedly proclaimed that the CIA had found that “there was a hot production line for chemical and biological agents in Iraq, that there were plans to ramp it up when sanctions were lifted, which was imminent, and to place the products of those lines into aerosol cans and perfume sprayers for shipment to the United States and Europe. That’s documented fact!”


    • In 2009, Gaffney suggested that Barack Obama was “still” a Muslim and by concealing this had “engaged in the most consequential bait-and-switch since Adolf Hitler duped Neville Chamberlain.” In this analogy, of course, Obama was playing the role of Hitler.


    • In 2010, writing for Breitbart, Gaffney discovered that the logo of the Missile Defense Agency had been redesigned to be “a morphing of the Islamic crescent and star with the Obama campaign logo.” Gaffney’s article ended: “Watch this space as we identify and consider various, ominous and far more clear-cut acts of submission to Shariah by President Obama.”


    • Gaffney was banned for several years from speaking at the popular right-wing Conservative Political Action Conference because he had begun claiming that it too had been infiltrated by the Muslim Brotherhood.


    • In 2011, Gaffney claimed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had committed “misprision of treason” by appointing a Muslim lawyer to a state court.


    • In 2013, Gaffney said that top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin had “longstanding ties” to the Muslim Brotherhood and “was brilliantly placed to run Islamist influence operations.”


    • In September 2015, Gaffney invited infamous white nationalist Jared Taylor to appear on his radio show. Gaffney told Taylor he “appreciated tremendously” his “wonderful” work.


    • Trump may now be considering Clare Lopez, vice president of the Center for Security Policy, as his deputy national security adviser. Lopez believesthat “infiltration [of the U.S. government by the Muslim Brotherhood] is obviously very deep and very broad within the bureaucracy, not just the top level, but throughout the federal system, including the intelligence community.”


    If you want more of the evidence Gaffney’s uncovered about the ways Islam has tainted our precious bodily fluids, it’s just a click away.

    https://theintercept.com/2016/11/16/...ansition-team/

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    Donald Trump team 'discussing plans for Muslim registration system'


    Donald Trump’s policy advisers are discussing plans to establish a registry for Muslim immigrants in the US, a man believed to be a key member of the President-elect's transition team has revealed.


    Kris Kobach, the secretary of state for Kansas, said the President-elect’s advisers were looking at how to implement a proposal suggested by the billionaire businessman that would force immigrants from Muslim countries to register on a database.


    Mr Kobach, who helped devise tough immigration laws in a number of US states and claims to have participated in regular conference calls with Mr Trump’s immigration advisers, also said the Trump administration could push ahead rapidly on construction of a US-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval.




    The hardline immigration official, whose role has not been confirmed by the President-elect’s transition team but who is thought to be a favourite for the role of Attorney General, said the immigration group had discussed drafting executive orders for the President-elect's review “so that Trump and the Department of Homeland Security hit the ground running”.


    The Muslim registration scheme, which would reportedly see Muslims given a form of identification that notes their religion, reflects policies Mr Trump put forward during his campaign to introduce “extreme vetting” of Muslims through tougher security measures.


    Such a programme would echo a registration system created under Mr Bush’s presidency, which Mr Kobach also helped design, and which required thousands of Arab and Muslim visitors and temporary US residents to register with the state, but was abandoned in 2011 after it was criticised for unfairly targeting immigrants from Muslim-majority nations.


    Created in 2002 following the 9/11 attacks, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEER) required Muslims from countries where extremist organisations were active to provide information about themselves, undergo interviews with officials and periodically notify the government of their whereabouts.


    The registration programme, which focused on visitors and non-citizen men over the age of 16 from more than 24 designated countries, caused widespread controversy and was deemed redundant in 2011, following complaints from civil libertarians.


    In the interview, Mr Kobach said immigration advisers were also looking at how the Homeland Security Department could move rapidly on Mr Trump's plans to build a wall between the US and Mexico without approval from Congress, acknowledging that “future fiscal years will require additional appropriations”.


    Mr Trump presented a hardline stance on Muslims in the US during his election campaign, making a call to temporarily ban all Muslims from entering the country and proposing the introduction of special identity cards for American Muslims during a debate over Syrian refugees entering the country.


    While Mr Trump appeared to have pulled back on the anti-Muslim rhetoric immediately after he was elected, he has since indicated he still plans to follow through on his plans.


    In an interview on Sunday Mr Trump told CBS's 60 Minutesshow he would deport two to three million undocumented immigrants “immediately” upon taking office, and confirmed he still planned to “build a wall”, although he added that some parts of the barrier would in fact be a fence.


    The President-elect is also reportedly considering appointing as his deputy security advisor the vice-president of a think-tank that has said Muslims are infiltrating the American government.


    Mr Kobach reportedly said in the interview that he believed that illegal immigrants in some cases should be deported before a conviction if they have been charged with a violent crime, echoing Mr Trump’s recent pledge to remove immigrants with criminal records who are in the country illegally.


    The immigration hardliner also said the President-elect’s immigration advisers had discussed ways of overturning President Barack Obama's 2012 executive action that has granted temporary deportation relief and work permits to more than 700,000 undocumented people who came to the US as children of illegal immigrants.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...-a7420296.html




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    Former Trump PAC spokesman praises Muslim registry and cites Japanese internment camps as 'precedent'


    Carl Higbie, a former representative for the Great America PAC, said he was in favor of Trump's Muslim registry

    Higbie says that the US has a history of screening by race and religion

    'We've done it with Iran back — back a while ago. We did it during World War II with Japanese, which, call it what you will'
    When confronted by Megyn Kelly about the comparison, Higbie said he wasn't proposing the camps, they were simply a 'precedent'
    Tens of thousands of Japanese-Americans were interred, in what is widely seen as a dark stain on US history

    Trump adviser Kris Kobach said the new administration was considering a return the U.S. to tracking Muslim immigrants from terror-ravaged nations



    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...precedent.html

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    George Takei: They interned my family. Don’t let them do it to Muslims.

    The United States apologized for locking up Japanese Americans. Have we learned nothing?



    There is dangerous talk these days by those who have the ear of some at the highest levels of government. Earlier this week, Carl Higbie, an outspoken Trump surrogate and co-chair of Great America PAC, gave an interview with Megyn Kelly of Fox News. They were discussing the notion of a national Muslim registry, a controversial part of the Trump administration’s national security plans, when Higbie dropped a bombshell: “We did it during World War II with Japanese, which, you know, call it what you will,” he said. Was he really citing the Japanese American internment, Kelly wanted to know, as grounds for treating Muslims the same way today? Higbie responded that he wasn’t saying we should return to putting people in camps. But then he added, “There is precedent for it.”


    Stop and consider these words. The internment was a dark chapter of American history, in which 120,000 people, including me and my family, lost our homes, our livelihoods, and our freedoms because we happened to look like the people who bombed Pearl Harbor. Higbie speaks of the internment in the abstract, as a “precedent” or a policy, ignoring the true human tragedy that occurred.I was just a child of 5 when we were forced at gunpoint from our home and sent first to live in a horse stable at a local race track, a family of five crammed into a single smelly stall. It was a devastating blow to my parents, who had worked so hard to buy a house and raise a family in Los Angeles. After several weeks, they sent us much farther away, 1,000 miles to the east by rail car, the blinds of our train cars pulled for our own protection, they said. We disembarked in the fetid swamps of Arkansas at the Rohwer Relocation Center. Really, it was a prison: Armed guards looked down upon us from sentry towers; their guns pointed inward at us; searchlights lit pathways at night. We understood. We were not to leave.


    My parents did their best to make life seem normal. As a child, I very readily accepted our new circumstance and adjusted to it. As far as I was concerned, it was normal to line up to use the common latrine, or to eat wretched grub in a common mess hall, prisoners in our own country. It was normal for us to share a single small barrack with no privacy whatsoever. And it was normal to stand each day in our makeshift classroom, reciting the words to the Pledge of Allegiance, “With liberty and justice for all,” as I looked past the U.S. flag out the window, the barbed wire of the camp just visible behind it.


    Not until I was older did I understand the irony of those words and the injustice that had been visited on so many of us. As I studied civics and government in school, I came to see the internment as an assault not only upon an entire group of Americans, but upon the Constitution itself — how its guarantees of due process and equal protection had been decimated by forces of fear and prejudice unleashed by unscrupulous politicians. It had been a Democratic administration at the time, under Franklin D. Roosevelt, that had ordered us to the camps, proving that demagoguery and race-baiting knows no party.


    It took decades for the United States to own up to what it had done and officially apologize for the internment, offering symbolic monetary reparations to the survivors. I donated my own check to the Japanese American National Museum, whose mission, like mine, has been to help ensure the mistakes of the past are never repeated. That is why these words by Higbie, which ominously are representative of much of the current thinking in the incoming administration, have reopened very old and very deep wounds.


    This was not the first time the Trump camp had raised the internment. When he did so before, it wasn’t as the historical warning it should be, but as a precedent for what might yet come. In late 2015, during the presidential primary, Trump actually went on the record with Time magazine stating that he did not know whether he would have supported or opposed the internment. “I would have had to be there at the time to tell you, to give you a proper answer,” he said. He argued that FDR was “one of the most highly respected presidents,” and that what he was suggesting was “no different from FDR.” Trump hedged his response with a nod to the horror of the camps, but tellingly did not disavow them: “I certainly hate the concept of it. But I would have had to be there at the time to give you a proper answer.”

    Higbie similarly has kept open the specter of the camps, in one breath stating that he does not favor the idea, but in the very next noting, “We have to protect America first.” Indeed, in a follow-up interview with the New York Times, Higbie doubled down on the unthinkable: “There is historical, factual precedent to do things [that] are not politically popular and sometimes not right, in the interest of national security.”


    Let us all be clear: “National security” must never again be permitted to justify wholesale denial of constitutional rights and protections. If it is freedom and our way of life that we fight for, our first obligation is to ensure that our own government adheres to those principles. Without that, we are no better than our enemies.


    Let us also agree that ethnic or religious discrimination cannot be justified by calls for greater security. During World War II, the government argued that military authorities could not distinguish between alleged enemy elements and peaceful, patriotic Japanese Americans. It concluded, therefore, that all those of Japanese descent, including American citizens, should be presumed guilty and held without charge, trial or legal recourse, in many cases for years. The very same arguments echo today, on the assumption that a handful of presumed radical elements within the Muslim community necessitates draconian measures against the whole, all in the name of national security.


    It begins with profiling and with registries, but as Trump and Higbie have made clear, once the safety of the country is at stake, all safeguards are off. In their world, national security justifies actions that are “sometimes not right,” and no one really can guarantee where it will end.


    We cannot permit this invidious thinking, discredited by history at the cost of so much misery and suffering by innocents, to take root once again in America, let alone in the White House. The stigmatization, separation and labeling of our fellow humans based on race or religion has never led to a more secure world. But it has too often led to one where the most vulnerable pay the highest price.


    The Constitution and the government exist in large measure to protect against the excesses of democracies. This is particularly salient when, in an atmosphere of fear or mistrust, one group is singled out and vilified, as Japanese Americans were during World War II and as Muslim Americans are today. How terrible it is to contemplate, once again, that the government itself might once more be the very instrument of terror and division. That cannot happen again. We cannot allow it.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/poste...=.67bf49e36d52

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    Trump supporter cites Japanese internment 'precedent' in backing Muslim registry

    11/2016

    A spokesman for the pro-Trump Great America PAC cited World War II Japanese internment camps as "precedent" for President-elect Donald Trump's discussed plan for a Muslim registry system.


    Carl Higbie, a former Navy SEAL, appeared on Fox News' "The Kelly File" to argue in favor of the plan, which Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said in a Reuters interview is being modeled after the highly controversial National Security Entry-Exit Registration System implemented after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.


    Confronted with questions about the constitutionality of such a plan, Higbie cited history, in particular the forced relocation and incarceration of Japanese Americans following the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II.


    "We've done it based on race, we've done it based on religion, we've done it based on region," he said. "We've done it with Iran back — back a while ago. We did it during World War II with [the] Japanese."


    Pressed by host Megyn Kelly on whether he was suggesting re-implementing the internment camps, Higbie said no, before adding: "I'm just saying there is precedent for it."


    Kelly then swiftly rebuked his suggestion.


    "You can't be citing Japanese internment camps as precedent for anything the president-elect is gonna do," she said.

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/1...muslims-231538

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    How One Policy Change Could Wipe Out Muslim Civil Liberties

    Designating Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization could lead to major fallout for American Muslims.

    Members of the hardline anti-Islam lobby are eagerly anticipating the possibility of the Trump administration designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, which is increasingly likely if conspiracy theorists like Frank Gaffney play a prominent role in Trump’s transition team. Gaffney believes the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the US government at every level and has even questioned whether Barack Obama was “America’s first Muslim president” implementing the Brotherhood’s plans.

    While a terrorist designation would have several foreign policy implications, experts say the measure is being pushed primarily by stateside anti-Islam extremists like Gaffney who believe it would empower the Trump administration to target a number of major Muslim American nonprofits.“Let me be extremely clear,” said J.M. Berger, a counterterrorism analyst at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism. “This initiative is concerned with controlling American Muslims, not with any issue pertaining to the Muslim Brotherhood in any practical or realistic sense.”Nathan Lean, author of The Islamophobia Industry, said such a designation could have chilling implications for Muslim civil society in the United States. Based on unfounded yet oft-repeated claims that American Muslim groups have ties to — or are outright fronts for — the Muslim Brotherhood, Lean said, the designation would provide cover for the administration to shut down nonprofits, maliciously prosecute individuals, and pursue other acts that would, in turn, leave ordinary American Muslims more vulnerable to marginalization and repression.“I believe that Muslim civil liberties could potentially, with this policy move, be wiped off the map,” Lean said. “It sounds like hyperbole, but I mean that very seriously.”The Muslim Brotherhood, founded in Egypt in 1928, is widely considered the progenitor of Islamism — the philosophy that the state should enforce perceived Islamic values in all spheres of life. Over the decades, the group remained centered in Egypt but developed offshoots across the Muslim world. The Muslim Brotherhood briefly took power in Egypt after the Arab Spring, but was displaced in a 2013 military coup that left the group in disarray.

    Although violent groups like Hamas and al-Qaeda evolved from the Muslim Brotherhood, most counterterrorism experts do not consider the Muslim Brotherhood itself a terrorist organization, at least one that should be designated as such by the US State Department. This is true even of analysts who believe the Muslim Brotherhood should be treated as an adversary hostile to the West.“The Muslim Brotherhood is a totalitarian organization that very explicitly seeks local, regional, and global power,” said Eric Trager, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and author of Arab Fall, a book about the Brotherhood. “However, a group that could not even achieve this goal in Egypt, where it is from, poses very little risk to a country like the United States.” Moreover, Trager said, a terrorism designation “would significantly constrain any US president’s ability” to address the Brotherhood and its offshoots across the Middle East with a variety of approaches.However, a small group of committed anti-Islam conspiracy theorists in the United States view the Muslim Brotherhood as an enormously powerful, coordinated, and nefarious institution that has successfully infiltrated all levels of American government and society, particularly under the administration of Barack Obama.Trump’s victory has given several of these groups and individuals unprecedented levels of influence. Chief among them is Frank Gaffney, a Reagan-era Pentagon official who yesterday was named to Trump’s transition team, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

    Although a Trump spokesperson denied that Gaffney is involved in the transition on Wednesday morning, the report was enough to set off a flurry of opposition and concern. Gaffney, through his Center for Security Policy, has for years been the principal proponent of conspiracy theories centering around Islamist infiltration, and he has repeatedly opposed the nomination of American Muslims to local and state-level government appointments, usually by accusing them of having ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.In the worldview of Gaffney and his acolytes, the Muslim Brotherhood has several front groups in the United States, most prominently the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, a civil rights organization with chapters across the country. Experts outside the anti-Islam lobby say that these claims, by and large, are false. “Some US Muslim organizations were founded by or with the assistance of the Muslim Brotherhood decades ago, but for most of them, these links are ancient history,” said Berger, the analyst at George Washington University. “No major American Muslim organization is today affiliated with the group.”

    During the early months of the presidential campaign, the anti-Islam lobby’s strongest alliances were with Sen. Ted Cruz. (Gaffney was one of Cruz’s chief national security advisors before moving to Trump’s camp.) Last November, Cruz introduced legislation to the Senate asking the State Department to report to Congress about whether the Muslim Brotherhood should be designated a terrorist organization. The bill explicitly named CAIR along with two other major Muslim groups — the Islamic Society of North America and the North American Islamic Trust — as American affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood, citing their appearance on a list of unindicted co-conspirators in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation, a group convicted of sending money to Hamas. (The Justice Department concluded that neither CAIR nor any other Muslim group on the list merited being charged with a crime.)“It’s something that we’ve been quite concerned about,” a senate aide to Cruz told BuzzFeed News, in reference to the Muslim Brotherhood’s alleged influence in the United States via groups like CAIR. “There seems to be a sort of single voice speaking for the Muslim community in the form of the Brotherhood.”But Cruz’s legislation stalled. “Within the Republican foreign policy establishment, there was a desire to tamp down this idea during the spring, because it was seen as a distraction from the task of combating ISIS,” said Trager, the analyst at the Washington Institute. “That establishment, however, has been dealt a serious blow.”Last week, Walid Phares, a top adviser to Trump, told an Egyptian newspaper that Trump would actively work to pass Cruz’s bill. Experts told BuzzFeed News that a State Department directed by a Trump ally such as Rudy Giuliani or John Bolton would be significantly more likely to respond to Congress’s call by giving the Muslim Brotherhood an official terrorist designation.That designation would open any US persons or organizations accused of having an association with the Muslim Brotherhood to investigations, asset seizures, and other state actions. Members of the anti-Islam lobby responded happily to Phares’s statements. Frank Gaffney told Breitbart that the terrorist designation should be the first step in Trump’s “strategy of victory over jihad.”“What a sweet moment, what a miraculous moment,” said Jamie Glazov, the managing editor of anti-Islam publication FrontPage Magazine. “CAIR, ISNA, and other Brotherhood front groups should be shaking in their boots.”

    Corey Saylor, director of CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia, said that, because CAIR is not in fact a front for the Muslim Brotherhood, he expects they will be able to survive any scrutiny by the new administration. “Every Muslim institution in this country has already been subjected to extreme vetting,” Saylor said. “And if there were anything nefarious about any Muslim institution, they would already be in jail at this point.”Nevertheless, Saylor said the terrorist designation could still be used to maliciously target CAIR and other groups. “I think the possibility of another Salem witch trial is always a reality,” he said.Even if the government did not attempt to directly harm CAIR, the public association by government officials with a designated terrorist organization could seriously harm the group’s reputation, said Robert McKenzie, a fellow at the Brookings Institution who studies Muslims in the West. McKenzie pointed out that one of CAIR’s principal functions is offering American Muslims legal protection in the event of discrimination, harassment, and hate crimes.“If there’s a dark cloud looming where they could be viewed as affiliated with a terrorist organization by the government, I think there’s a huge disincentive for people to approach them,” McKenzie said. “This should concern us whether we’re talking about Muslims or any other minority.”Weakening CAIR in such a way would eliminate the first line of defense for many American Muslims against several policies proposed by Trump and members of the anti-Islam right, such as registering Muslims in databases, surveilling their mosques, or banning their entry into the country, McKenzie said.Hassan Shibly, executive director of CAIR’s Florida chapter, said the possible terrorist designation worried him deeply, given the now-powerful anti-Islam lobby’s tendency to baselessly associate “just about every major American Muslim organization” with the Muslim Brotherhood.“I’ve gotta wonder whether the Jews in Germany — and I don’t say this lightly — I’ve gotta wonder whether they were asking themselves some of the questions that we’re starting to ask ourselves now,” Shibly said.

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    Trump then and now: How the President-elect has changed since his election

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    Trump Promised To ‘Drain The Swamp,’ But He’s Filling It With Bush-Era ‘Crazies’ Instead


    A clique of Bush-era neoconservative outliers who whipped Americans into a frenzied state of fear and anxiety after 9/11. Now they’re back, lurking in and around Trump’s transition team, ready to open a vastly improved and expanded toolset for war and profit.

    11/2016

    Toward the end of the campaign trail Donald Trump said he would “drain the swamp” in Washington.


    This became an easily distillable mantra of what Trump had been promising for the duration of his campaign, that his mission was to destroy and rebuild what had become a corrupt Washington establishment. He would be a “golden wrecking ball,” in the words of Sarah Palin.


    A significant part of this “swamp” consists of defense company-funded think tanks and quasi-intellectual architects of foreign policy, including a number of Bush-era neoconservatives who were instrumental in laying the framework for the Iraq War. Some of these individuals learned to tone down their rhetoric, like David Frum, Max Boot and Robert Kagan, in the intervening years.


    In a strange but not completely unpredictable twist, however, those neocons who managed to escape the taint of the Bush administration, started allying themselves with Hillary Clinton, warning that Trump’s foreign policy would be a disaster for the world.


    The “Hillary Clinton the neocon” meme went viral, not just because of her new neocon associates but because her own rhetoric on Russia and Syria took on a distinctly hawkish tone. She repeatedly said she would launch a military attack in response to Russian cyberattacks and enforce a no-fly zone in Syria.


    Kagan was merely a protege of a neoconservative clique formed by Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, and others who were extremely controversial players in the Reagan administration. In fact, they were referred to as the “crazies” in the halls of the CIA and State Department for their paranoid and aggressive methods in waging the Cold War.


    It’s not difficult to understand why the term “crazy” was used to describe them. In June of this year Kaganhosted an official fundraiser for Clinton, during which he mocked President Barack Obama for not wanting a nuclear war with Russia in a bizarre rant about the president delaying offensive weapons for Ukraine.


    Even though Trump never used the term “neocon” in the course of bashing U.S. foreign policy, his fanbase likely assumed that part of “draining the swamp” consisted of kicking the “crazies” out of Washington. Unfortunately, this was merely a fantasy on par with Obama’s “Hope” and “Change,” but on the opposite end of the spectrum.
    While most Trump supporters had their attention turned to Clinton’s brash hawkishness, they failed to notice that some of the craziest of the neoconservative Bush-era war hawks in Washington had split off from the pro-Clinton neocon consensus and favored Trump. Some examples of this include Michael Ledeen, Bill Bennett, Frank Gaffney, John Bolton, and James Woolsey, signatories to the Project for the New American Century, a think tank co-founded by Kagan during the Clinton administration. PNAC is widely known for developing the roadmap for George W. Bush’s foreign policy agenda that led to the illegal Iraq War and the invasion of Afghanistan. A total of 17 PNAC signatories assumed official positions in the Bush administration.


    After Trump’s shocking win on Election Day, the media started heavily focusing on the more cartoonish side of Trump’s rumored transition team leaders, like Ben Carson, Sarah Palin, and Mike Huckabee. It became clear almost immediately that while the people generally known as the “crazies” might be gone, the “even-craziers” — specifically, Bolton, Gaffney, and Woolsey — were waiting in line for their Trump Cabinet appointments.


    Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the Army veteran with strong ties to the national intelligence state now rumored to be Trump’s national security adviser pick, co-wrote a book with Michael Ledeen, one of the craziest neocons of them all, called “The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies” in July.
    Unsurprisingly, Flynn shares many of Ledeen’s attitudes toward the Islamic world. On Feb. 26, Flynn admitted to his own Islamophobia when he shared a blatantly bigoted video on Twitter with the comment: “Fear of Muslims is RATIONAL.” Four months after the terrorist attacks in Nice, France,Flynn tweeted a “dare” for “Arab & Persian world ‘leaders’ to step up to the plate and declare their Islamic ideology.”


    It turns out Gaffney was the originator of the “ban Muslim immigration” policy which Trump adopted after the San Bernardino, California, shooting in December 2015. However, Gaffney never said he was advising Trump; he only admitted to advising Ted Cruz, the senator from Texas who competed against Trump for the Republican presidential nomination. Yet the mixing of the conservative hot-button topic of illegal immigration with terrorism — a speciality of Gaffney’s — became a crucial flank in both campaigns.


    The ban on Muslims also became a major talking point among the so-called “alt-right” movement, possibly because Gaffney was one of the only “crazies” who managed to build a bridge to the alt-right movement years before Trump’s run, writing columns fear-mongering about Muslims and Shariah for Stephen Bannon’s far-right Breitbart News outlet. Most neoconservatives decided to “liberalize” their rhetoric in terms of Islam, but Gaffney stayed true to two of the more controversial neoconservative principles, that “it’s only force that [the Arabs] respect” and that Muslims, in general, pose a threat to free society around the world — a notion sharply criticized by Francis Fukuyama, a PNAC signatory who defected from the neoconservative movement.


    Gaffney is rumored to be leading the foreign policy section of Trump’s transition team, although he and Trump spokespeople have publicly denied this. And while he claims he’s not part of Trump’s team, it’s worth noting that there is an uncanny overlap between his regular radio show guest lineup and Trump’s transition team: James Woolsey, John Bolton, Newt Gingrich, and even Vice President-elect Mike Pence.


    More at: http://www.mintpressnews.com/trump-p...nstead/222482/

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    Kobach Accidentally Reveals Anti-Muslim Plan

    Kris Kobach, the firebrand up for Trump’s head of the Department of Homeland Security, accidentally revealed his anti-immigrant plans during a photo op.

    On Sunday, Kris Kobach showed us his papers—and civil liberties groups now want him out.



    Kobach tipped his hand accidentally Monday afternoon as he posed for a photo with Donald Trump as he headed into their meeting at the mogul’s golf course in Bedminster, N.J. The Topeka Capital-Journal noticed that Kobach was holding a stack of papers, and that much of the text on the first paper was visible in the AP photo.


    At the time it was first implemented, Critics argued it was a de facto registry of Muslim immigrants, and that it didn’t do anything to make the country safer. It was partially rolled back in 2003 and suspended in 2011,according to the Migration Policy Institute.



    Katherine Tactaquin, the executive director of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, said Kobach’s ideas could mean going back to the post-9/11 norm.



    “Obviously that’s going to target Muslims,” she said. “It’s another way of doing that without specifically saying, ‘We’re identifying Muslims.’”



    It isn’t clear if that kind of targeting would survive a court challenge today, according to Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration expert for the libertarian Cato Institute.

    “We don’t know what the answer would be in a modern court,” he said. “But under current interpretation it’s fine.”



    But just because Kobach’s ideas might withstand legal scrutiny doesn’t mean they would reduce the risk of terror attacks in the U.S.


    “If it actually increased security then that would be a good argument for it,” he said. “But it didn’t work under the Bush administration.”



    The government already had a list of people who legally entered the U.S., he noted, so the additional NSEERS surveillance and monitoring was largely redundant.

    But don’t expect that to stop Trump and Kobach, he added.



    “This is a sign that he’s going to follow through with what he said he wanted to do on the campaign trail,” he said.

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/article...slim-plan.html

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    Trump Tells Supporters Committing Violence: 'Stop it'

    By Cyra Master - 11/13/16

    In a "60 Minutes" interview Sunday night, President-elect Donald Trump said he had not heard reports of an increase in racial slurs and threats against minorities since his election.

    "I am very surprised to hear that-- I hate to hear that, I mean I hate to hear that," Trump said.

    "But I think it's a very small amount," he added.

    Lesley Stahl asked the president-elect if he had a message to people reacting violently to the election results.

    "I would say don't do it, that's terrible, because I'm going to bring this country together."

    When pressed by Stahl about harrasment of Latinos and Muslims, Trump said, "I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, 'Stop it.' If it-- if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: 'Stop it.'

    On Thursday,the New York Times called on Trump to denounce acts of violence and vandalism against minorities that have popped up in the U.S. since his election.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefi...olence-stop-it


    Denounce the Hate, Mr. Trump

    NOV. 10, 2016

    In his victory speech early Wednesday morning, Donald Trump pledged that he "will be president for all Americans," and he asked those who did not support him "for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country."

    Here's some guidance right off the bat, Mr. President-elect: Those sentiments will have more force if you immediately and unequivocally repudiate the outpouring of racist, sexist, xenophobic, anti-Semitic and homophobic insults, threats and attacks being associated with your name. Do this in a personal plea to people who supported your candidacy. Tell them this is not what you stand for, nor is it what your new administration will tolerate.

    Explicit expressions of bigotry and hatred by Trump supporters were common throughout the campaign, and they have become even more intense since his election.
    On a department-store window in Philadelphia, vandals spray-painted "Sieg Heil 2016" and Mr. Trump's name written with a swastika. In a Minnesota high-school bathroom, vandals scrawled the Trump campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," and next to it, "Go back to Africa." There are many more reports pouring in of verbal and physical harassment of Muslims, Latinos and other members of minorities. Though not all are verifiable, the atmosphere of intimidation and fear is unquestionably real and will keep growing. Mr. Trump may not be able to stop it by himself, but he must do everything he can.

    The problem, of course, is that Mr. Trump's campaign was based on appeals - some explicit, some coded - to racial and ethnic resentment and division. His followers heard it starting with his speech declaring his candidacy, warning of Mexican immigrant "rapists," continuing to a rally last weekend where he promised to bar all Syrian refugees because they "will import generations of terrorism, extremism and radicalism into your schools and throughout your communities." These statements emboldened and even encouraged those who have been looking for a license to lash out against immigrants, refugees, minorities and anyone else they find threatening. They take his victory as vindication of their feelings.

    David Duke, the former Louisiana lawmaker and former imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, tweeted that Mr. Trump's victory was "one of the most exciting nights of my life," and also, "Our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump!" In another tweet, he wrote, "Anyone telling you this was a vote for 'unity' is a liar and they know it!"

    As a candidate, Mr. Trump could get away with ignoring racist and sexist abuse by his supporters. But as the president-elect, he has the moral duty to reject it in the most aggressive terms. There should be no space in American political discourse for violent or abusive behavior. And that includes, of course, acts of vandalism and other violence by anti-Trump demonstrators.

    In a little more than two months, Donald Trump will take charge of a country of more than 320 million people of all races, ethnicities and religions. Every one of them deserves to live in safety, with dignity.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/11/op...rump.html?_r=4

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    Special: Bernie Sanders Interviewed by Amy Goodman at Philadelphia Free Library


    In a Democracy Now! special, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders sat down with Amy Goodman at the Free Library of Philadelphia on Monday night in his most extensive broadcast interview since Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton two weeks ago.

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    Horrifying letter threatening Muslims with genocide sent to more mosques across America

    12.1.2016

    Identical letters postmarked from Los Angeles area have now shown up at mosques throughout California and in Ohio, Michigan, Rhode Island, Indiana, Colorado and Georgia

    Several more mosques across the US have reported receiving a hate-filled letter from California that warns Muslims to leave the country or face genocide.

    Los Angeles police have been investigating the letters addressed to “the children of Satan” as a hate incident, but not a crime because it does not contain a specific threat. [so genocide is not and concentration camps is not a threat?]

    The letters appeared to be photocopies of a handwritten note referring to Muslims as “vile and filthy people” and saying that President-elect Donald Trump would do to Muslims what Hitler did to Jews.


    The Council on American-Islamic Relations has asked the FBI to investigate.


    The FBI said the threats, while inflammatory and awful, do not pose a threat specific enough to investigate at this point, but they're monitoring the situation and urged anyone to report such incidents.


    Police in Providence, Rhode Island, said they would increase patrols after one of the letters was received at Masjid Al-Kareem.


    Faissal Elansari of the Islamic Center of Rhode Island said he feels a wave of hate at his doorstep, WPRI-TV reported.


    Envelopes have had a return address in the city the letter was sent - often 331 Oak St. - but are postmarked in Los Angeles or Santa Clarita, a suburb about 30 miles north.


    The name above the return address is Reza Khan, said Shehadeh Abdelkarim, president of the Islamic Center of Cleveland, which received one of the letters. He noted that's a Muslim name. “The person obviously knows a little about Muslim culture,” Abdelkarim said.


    The name is bogus, said Sgt. Mike Abdeen of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, which is assisting LAPD.


    Letters have been received at six mosques in California, including Los Angeles, Fresno and San Jose, according to police and Islamic groups. Elsewhere, they have also turned up at mosques in Denver, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Savannah, Georgia, and a school affiliated with an Indianapolis mosque.


    Trump's spokespeople have not responded to a request for comment. The president-elect told “60 Minutes” that if his supporters were harassing others, they should “stop it.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...=facebook-post

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    Trump’s son-in-law funds Israeli settlement projects


    2016

    In recent years, the parents of Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and trusted confidant of US President-elect Donald Trump, have donated tens of thousands of dollars to organisations and institutions located in illegal West Bank settlements, according to their tax forms.


    Kushner’s family donates a few million dollars a year on average to charitable causes through the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation, which Jared sits on the board of along with his brother and two sisters. The foundation was established in 1997.


    Among organisations and institutions in the occupied West Bank that receive funding from the Kushner family, the American Friends of Beit El Yeshiva (religious school) received $20,000 in 2013.


    Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported that the president of American Friends of Beit El Yeshiva, whose offices are located in New York, is David Friedman, Trump’s senior adviser on Israel affairs. Friedman, who has served as Trump’s real estate lawyer for the past 15 years and is considered to be very close to the president-elect, has expressed interest in becoming the next US ambassador to Israel, Haaretz added.


    Freidman is also seen as a top contender for the former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, who was also keynote speaker at last year’s fundraising dinner for the Beit El Yeshiva American friends group.


    The list of organisations that received donations from Kushner’s family foundation has included the Etzion Foundation, whose US fundraising offices are located in New Jersey. The foundation supports Yeshivat Har Etzion, Kibbutz Migdal Oz and the Herzog College teachers’ training institution – all are located in the illegal Gush Etzion settlement bloc outside Jerusalem. In 2012, the Kushner family foundation donated $5,000 to the Etzion Foundation, in addition to another $10,000 in 2013.


    Another recipient of Kushner funding in Gush Etzion, which headquartered in the settlement of Efrat, is Ohr Torah Stone which received $5,000 in 2011.


    The Od Yosef Chai yeshiva, a religious school in the occupied West Bank, was granted $500 by the Kushner family. According to Haaretz, this particular school did not receive any funding from the Israeli government, as it had been involved in launching violent attacks against nearby Palestinian villages and Israeli security forces.


    In 2014, the Kushner family pledged $18 million to the Shaare Zedek Medical Centre in Jerusalem, in addition to the $2 million it had already committed earlier. The Kushners have a history of supporting hospitals – both in Israel and the United States – but this was by far the largest gift given by the family to a single medical institution, Haaretz noted.


    Another key beneficiary of Kushner charity in Israel is the Israeli army. Between 2011 and 2013, the foundation donated a total of $315,000 to Friends of the IDF, on whose board Jared serves.


    Among other institutions and organisations the Kushners have supported in Israel in the past four years, are the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra ($2,500); the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design ($1,000); United Hatzalah ($70,000); the Israel Cancer Research Fund ($10,000); Meir Panim Lachayal, another organisation that supports Israeli soldiers ($4,000); the Shalva Children’s Centre ($20,000); Ma’ayanei Yeshua Hospital ($25,000); and the Rabin Medical Centre ($23,000).


    In the United States, the family foundation supports many Jewish day schools, charities and cultural centres. In recent years, it has contributed close to $30,000 to various institutions operated by Chabad – the ultra-Orthodox outreach organization.


    One of the single largest beneficiaries of Kushner contributions in recent years has been the Ramaz School in Manhattan which received $250,000. Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, the former principal of Ramaz, supervised Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka’s conversion before she married Jared.


    Last November, the Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely welcomed suggestions that US President-elect Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner could be appointed as a special envoy to broker peace in the Middle East.

    https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20...ment-projects/

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    Trump Asks Flynn, A Fiery General, To Be Top Adviser And Plans Romney Meeting

    by Philip Rucker, Karen DeYoung, David Nakamura - 11/18/2016

    President-elect Donald Trump has asked Michael Flynn, a retired lieutenant general with a record of incendiary statements about Muslims, to be his White House national security adviser, a person close to the transition confirmed Thursday night.

    Flynn, who would hold the most powerful national security position, is a retired three-star general and decorated intelligence officer who established a close relationship with Trump while campaigning at his side this year. His behavior and a string of controversial and dark statements about Islam, among other topics, have alarmed many of his former colleagues.

    Trump has spoken with or met with several dozen foreign leaders and officials. Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, appeared at Trump Tower on Thursday afternoon, but neither transition officials nor Israeli Embassy officials responded to questions about whether he met with Trump, someone else, or was just visiting.

    With Conway by his side, Dermer told reporters that Israel had no doubt that Trump is "a true friend of Israel." Pence, he said, "was one of Israel's greatest friends in the Congress" and "we look forward to working . . . with all the members of the Trump administration, including Steve Bannon, and making the U.S.-Israel alliance stronger than ever."



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    Trump picks settlement supporter as Israel ambassador


    President-elect says David Friedman, who has no diplomatic experience, would benefit the US-Israel special relationship.


    David Friedman, left, has plans to move the US embassy to Jerusalem

    US President-elect Donald Trump will nominate David Friedman, a right-wing lawyer known for his staunch support for Israel, as US ambassador to Israel.


    Friedman, who has no diplomatic experience, is a supporter of Israel's Jewish-only settlements - which are considered illegal under international law - in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

    More than 530,000 Israelis live in settlements across the occupied Palestinian territory, according to the Israeli rights group B'Tselem.


    Thursday's announcement raised alarm when Friedman said he looked forward to working from "the US embassy in Israel's eternal capital, Jerusalem", the eastern part of which has been occupied by Israeli forces in contravention of international law since 1967.


    The US embassy is at present located in Tel Aviv.


    The Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority hopes the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank will include East Jerusalem as its capital, while most European and Arab countries reject Israel's claim to sovereignty in the city.


    Virtually all embassies to Israel are located in or around Tel Aviv.


    Trump said Friedman would "maintain the special relationship" between the US and Israel.


    The statement does not detail how Friedman could work in Jerusalem. However, Trump's advisers have insisted in recent days that the president-elect will follow through on his call for moving the embassy.


    "He has made that promise," Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway told reporters on Thursday. "I can guarantee you, just generally, he's a man who is going to accomplish many things very quickly."


    One option Trump's allies have discussed would involve Friedman, if confirmed by the Senate, working out of an existing US consulate in Jerusalem. According to a person who has discussed the plan with Trump's advisers, the administration would essentially deem the facility the American embassy by virtue of the ambassador working there.


    It is unclear how far those discussions have advanced, or whether Trump himself has been briefed on the proposal. Trump's transition team did not respond to questions about the matter.


    Bill Clinton and George W Bush, both former US presidents, promised to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, but backed away from the idea once in office.


    Nir Barkat, the mayor of the Israeli-administered Jerusalem municipality, told the Associated Press news agency he has been in touch with Trump's staff about the embassy issue.


    Between 2009 and 2014, settlements were expanded by at least 23 percent.


    Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, has vowed to continue settlement expansion. In March 2015, the day before Israelis re-elected him, Netanyahu promised to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state under his watch.

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/1...035049891.html


 

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